Ontario Medal For Young Volunteers: 2011 Recipients
Established in 1998, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers honours youth between the ages of 15 and 24 for their positive contributions to their community. These awards are presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
The seven recipients of the 2011 Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers are:
Amber Albert of Melbourne, a First Nations youth who carried forward her family's legacy of volunteerism by helping out at the Ska-Nah-Doht Village right from her childhood. She also wrote a song and co-produced a CD in aid of youth suicide prevention.
Lorenzo Colocado of Toronto, who dedicated over 1,100 volunteer hours to numerous initiatives, including the 'Stop The Stigma' Committee to address mental health among youth,
a feeding program for Toronto's homeless and the Youth Gambling Assembly.
Joshua Edwards of Kingston, whose outstanding community service includes peer leadership and helper roles for families of men in prison.
Tyler Lisacek of North Glengarry, a victim of a serious head injury who uses his story to promote safety to youth. For the Voice of Injury Prevention initiative, he travelled 5,000 kilometres, dedicated 160 hours and made 42 presentations to over 8,000 youth.
Megan Myles of Lion's Head who built a community garden from scratch, implemented an improved recycling program, formed a 'Green League' to raise environmental awareness, initiated a local music festival and created the Lion's Head Saturday farmers' market.
Rebecca Rainey of Magnetawan who accumulated volunteer hours in spite of the limited opportunities in her tiny community. She played numerous volunteer roles within the Magnetawan Agricultural Society supporting a variety of community and fundraising activities.
Conner Weed of Wyoming, who served his school student council as a media relations representative, volunteered at the Wyoming Fire Department and received the Mayor's Community Appreciation Award in recognition of countless activities around his community.